From Wikipedia: “Episcopal theologian (later bishop) John M. Krumm criticized Peale and the "heretical character" of his teaching on positive thinking. Krumm cites "the emphasis upon techniques such as the repetition of confident phrases ... or the manipulation of certain mechanical devices," which he says "gives the impression of a thoroughly depersonalized religion. Very little is said about the sovereign mind and purpose of God; much is made of the things men can say to themselves and can do to bring about their ambitions and purposes." Dr. Krumm cautions that "The predominant use of impersonal symbols for God is a serious and dangerous invitation to regard man as the center of reality and the Divine Reality as an impersonal power, the use and purpose of which is determined by the man who takes hold of it and employs it as he thinks best."
There is to be found in scripture a basis for thinking positively, but many times, we do not have it within our power to overcome our own human fears and worries, which is why we need to take them to God in prayer, laying our burdens at His feet and asking for His Help and His Power to give us the spiritual and emotional strength to do what we cannot do in our own power. So what gives the positive thinking its power is not what’s found in our heart, mind, and strength, but rather in the Heart, Mind, and Strength of God.
Part of positive thinking is controlling our thoughts and refusing to allow our thoughts to be taken captive by Satan, as he will whip up our fears and worries into bigger fears and worries until we are captive and helpless. We do have some choice in which thoughts we dwell on, and part of thinking right requires our exercise of our will. The more we exercise our will in the effort to think about the right things, the stronger it will get day by day, especially as it is infused with God’s Spiritual Power from daily meditation on Scripture and time in prayer.
More on this tomorrow. I pray that God will give you the power to keep a positive attitude and that you will remember to give over all your negative thoughts, worries, and fears to Him, so that your heart can be filled with His Joy and Peace.